Growing up in steel town: 'Give Scunthorpe a chance' - BBC Newsnight

  • Published on Aug 8, 2019
  • Reports suggest a deal to rescue British Steel - which employs 3,000 people in Scunthorpe - is edging closer.
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    In the second in our Rust and Revival series, film-maker Maya Rostowska returns to meet some of its younger residents.
    As the town waits to learn its future, how do they see their own futures?
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Comments • 90

  • Connor Smith
    Connor Smith 16 days ago

    Ahh Jamie, the old 2C owner.

  • jack torrence
    jack torrence Month ago

    Maybe change the name? do you have a town called Tweakerville?

  • Arnie2-D2
    Arnie2-D2 3 months ago

    At least Scunthorpe has a chance with investement , London is fked .

  • Richard Harling
    Richard Harling 3 months ago

    Pair of bag rats of scunny days everything

  • Txzie
    Txzie 3 months ago


  • liam hooks
    liam hooks 3 months ago

    Not this video of course. The videos with a 5/1 dislike ratio, the ones where the public disagrees with your narrative.
    Why are we good enough to pay a license fee for your trash, but not good enough to have a voice when we disagree with your propaganda.
    The EU is about to push a bill which will destroy independent content creators; how convenient, the people you cannot compete with out of the way and then you can continue to brainwash the public like you always haves
    Shame on you!

  • Matthew Baynham
    Matthew Baynham 3 months ago

    The biggest thing against Scumthorpe is the Gary Lineker advert for Walkers Crisps, where he mentions Scumthorpe United.

  • Gul Holdings Group Ltd
    Gul Holdings Group Ltd 3 months ago +1

    It's a very multicultural town with demographics of people from nationalities spanning the globe. My Grandfather was the first or second Pakistani in the town from back in the early 1960s.
    The BBC did not show even one remnant of the main road in Scunthorpe where the International Communties thrive. There is more to this town than what is shown here. I was born here and I work on the Steelworks. I was actually talked into working onsite at the steelworks last week as a contractor because of the skills I possess. There is still opportunity, but one has to focus on which skills are in demand. The downside is that in terms of investment, one has to be very brave when investing in the retail sector, as general retail trade is dying rapidly along with the hospitality trade, as nobody generally shops or comes to Scunthorpe for Enjoyment. The social condition of the town is in decline also, due to the lack of funds for public services like Policing and Adult care which is also a problem in many other towns, which is the fault of our local council and the central government. Scunthorpe in the best of my memory was always a good place to invest in, until I watched it's decline by the year 2002 when the internet was introduced which affected the retail sector, and furthermore the changes in government with lack of spending on infrastructure and high council business rates ran major retailers out of the town. When McDonald's left our town centre in recent years, that's when we knew that things are really really bad economically. Today the social problem is that crime is increasing and the police have openly admitted to me in writing, that they lack funds for proactive policing, which worries residents like me. I have decided to invest in another country and I am sadly planning to move away from Scunthorpe as soon as possible. I don't see a prosperous future for my Children in this town. The wages available to people in this town, do not easily secure the next generation to buy their own homes, where the Housing market is increasing and the wages are decreasing. An average 3 bed house costs about £105,000, but most people if I am correct, Earn around minimum wage with most jobs on offer today, which is about £13,000 per year, which makes it difficult for the next generation of people in this town to live. Its such a sad sad situation and the Morale of this town is at it's lowest in my 31 years of being here since birth.

  • J. Harris.
    J. Harris. 3 months ago

    Young girls, hipsters and a tranny. Not a single working-class steel-worker interviewed. Let me guess, this is the BBC?

  • S500 Triumph
    S500 Triumph 3 months ago +3


    • jonathan wakefield
      jonathan wakefield 3 months ago

      Well said

    • Georgina Lo
      Georgina Lo 3 months ago

      You have to be joking before we went into Euro UK was very very successful.My brothers huge skippers the docks were never ending busy. shops, markets great for business. Of course EU only wanted which they managed to get our funds millions a week and we were invaded with everyone because they are allowed to work in any EU nation.No we need to be out UK will be very successful.My brothers did not become multi millionaires because the Grimsby Docks were not productive. British Steel had been a major business all those years ago Not seeing the past with Rose Specs I lived it so I know.

    • Anthony Murphy
      Anthony Murphy 3 months ago

      @Georgina Lo Funny I thought the UK was the poor man of Europe before you joined, I also seem to recall the IMF visiting in the 70's , I think you are seeing the past through Rose tinted glasses

    • Georgina Lo
      Georgina Lo 3 months ago

      The fact that they are paying Millions a Week to the EU is why the UK has gone down the drain. Get the hell out we were far better off before we ever went into the EU. Biggest fishing port in the world GRIMSBY and British Steel world renowned No doubt in my mind the Brits can rebuild and make a success.always have done.

    • Anthony Murphy
      Anthony Murphy 3 months ago

      @J. Harris. "The EU is rapidly declining" I don't think so 7 out of the top 10 most deprived areas in Europe ( that is the 28 EU nations) are in the UK, what does that fact tell you?. My country (Ireland) is doing great, we have the highest growth rate in the EU, we have almost full employment. I recently took a trip to the UK and I could not get over the poor state of the UK, simple things like the roads and housing all seem to be in a poor state.

  • Darren Bywater
    Darren Bywater 3 months ago +8

    Do the BBC deliberately go out to look for gays to interview

    • Andrew Wilson
      Andrew Wilson 3 months ago

      They're easy enough to find. Just scan your local Labour membership list.

    • Orionise
      Orionise 3 months ago +2

      It's Mainstream media so pretty much

  • GuP Brink
    GuP Brink 3 months ago

    Maybe this would be a great place for tourism, the UK's future will be there after brexit, and this is so unique, just saying :-)

    • Mr B
      Mr B 3 months ago

      Scunthorpe? Tourism??

  • Rasputin's Walloper
    Rasputin's Walloper 3 months ago


  • Fake News Sucks
    Fake News Sucks 3 months ago +2

    Bring back industry jobs and hope instead of shipping it all abroad bbc globalist scum

  • Stuart Paul
    Stuart Paul 3 months ago

    Make the same video in a few years time post Brexit, and there`s a fair chance Scunthorpe will look like a Mad Max post apocalyptic chaos.

    • Johnathan Pearson
      Johnathan Pearson 3 months ago +1

      @J. Harris. so what your saying (BBC style) is that you are looking forward to the regeneration of the British fishing industry?
      🇬🇧Buy British 🇬🇧

    • J. Harris.
      J. Harris. 3 months ago

      Hopefully, it'll be in better shape than your spelling and grammar.

    • Johnathan Pearson
      Johnathan Pearson 3 months ago +1

      Your hate for this country makes no sense. The French have said they will block all french ports if they can't fish in British waters after no deal. Looks like they are thinking again. 70% of UK fish goes to the French. Unmm. Lovely cheap British fish.

  • Jons Mustache
    Jons Mustache 3 months ago +6

    Turn back now, these comments are pure cancer.

  • Lucas Davenport
    Lucas Davenport 3 months ago +4

    Was that just a radical feminist or a transperson?

  • Thrustin Von Helmut
    Thrustin Von Helmut 3 months ago +8

    Scunthorpe is a dump. Bin it.

  • Ben Willock
    Ben Willock 3 months ago


  • Michael Sterling
    Michael Sterling 3 months ago +6

    I’m sure Brexit will improve this town’s prospects.........

    • Gar Sm
      Gar Sm 2 months ago

      @C Dent Exactly. Once all the global trade opportunities are announced who will worry that 44% of UK exports go to the EU?

    • C Dent
      C Dent 2 months ago

      Don't forget that it was a £120M bill for EU carbon credits that started this. Uncertanty because of brexit delays (not brexit itself) are the other main cause.

    • jonathan wakefield
      jonathan wakefield 3 months ago

      Yeah get a Turkish military pension company to save their Steel industry 😂

    • Gar Sm
      Gar Sm 3 months ago +1

      I'm sure all the details about post-October will soon be revealed by Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.

    • andrew30
      andrew30 3 months ago +1

      Edward Latter 3.7% unemployment in the U.K., low interest rates, in can get very much worse very quickly especially for towns like this

  • kerb searcher
    kerb searcher 3 months ago +1

    So this is the bbc's depiction of Scunthorpe,WOW ..obviously selected,and not a single ethnic representative from any community.worst thing was if you watched the entire episode it was followed by a anti raciism segment with a black guy from the us ,who probably had to sit through that while waiting to be interviewed...ive never been to Scunthorpe.looks like the only white town in the uk.,but the bbc are not bias not at at all..yet i have to pay for this pleasure.considering im english and voted leave on disrespect to those chosen by the bbc but with what what followed was disgraceful.i felt uncomfortable on my own settee.thxbbc

    • kerb searcher
      kerb searcher 3 months ago

      Thats good to nothing like depicted by the bbc.who's covering brexit in millions of homes and worldwide for a fee ofcourse

    • Gul Holdings Group Ltd
      Gul Holdings Group Ltd 3 months ago +1

      It's a very multicultural town with demographics of people from nationalities spanning the globe. They did not show even one remnant of the main road in Scunthorpe where the International Markets are. There is more to this town than what is shown here. I was born here and I work on the Steelworks. I was actually talked into working onsite at the steelworks because of the skills I possess. There is still opportunity, but one has to understand which skills are in demand.

  • dat potato dancing
    dat potato dancing 3 months ago +3

    I like how they only filmed up the like new bits of town and Central park the literal end part

  • LooneyFawn69
    LooneyFawn69 3 months ago +3

    That Leigh j kid looks like a nice guy

  • Lolly Logan
    Lolly Logan 3 months ago +2

    Didn’t they vote to leave. Well enough said.

    • Budget YouTube
      Budget YouTube 12 days ago

      I shit you not you can just tell who voted leave just by looking at them

    • Mr B
      Mr B 3 months ago

      Yup! Be carful what you wish for!

    A- KHANATION 3 months ago +1

    I maybe was born in scunny but i live in Burnley all my life,
    Burnley Burnley Burnley, Lancashire

  • abcun17
    abcun17 3 months ago +8

    I wish the people and the town all the best. This is pretty sad. We have screwed up this world and left future generations with a mess on their hands. They'll have to clean up everything we have done to make their lives miserable and more hopeless than our own.

  • Tiny mod
    Tiny mod 3 months ago

    It's a shithole

  • Aspartame69
    Aspartame69 3 months ago +2

    I just want to point out, that unlike this representation, scunthorpe is not 75% degenerate weirdos.

  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbons 3 months ago +4

    This was the most rediculous 100% BIAS BBC newsnight Bar none.
    1# Unashamedly supporting John McDonalds planned crazy undemocratic coup.
    2# 3 x crazy extremist vegans who want to use Brexit as a ploy to stop us eating meat.
    3 x crystal clear extremists.
    I kid you not. That was actually on the show.
    3# another anti-white hate speaker from America reminding us that we are all slave owners and colonialists. How BBC.
    Add him to the list with Akala and Kahinde Andrews.
    They are all extremists.
    4# Vince the Vampire Cable trying to convince us that an unelected Labour party calling for a vote of no confidence and asking the queen to stop brexit is somehow the most democratic thing we can do now LOL
    Liberals planning to stop democracy.
    An Extremist.
    5# BBC Could not find anyone in Scunthorpe to level the blame of the decline of the steel industry on the European Union lol
    How hard did you look BBC???
    Was Scunthorpe a remain constituency???

  • James Middleton
    James Middleton 3 months ago +10

    Nice bunch of people. Good luck to you.

  • Marius Kidikas
    Marius Kidikas 3 months ago +4

    project fear

    • andrew30
      andrew30 3 months ago

      Gar Sm 🤣🤣😅

    • Gar Sm
      Gar Sm 3 months ago

      @andrew30 Unicornland is one of the likely trade deals. There's also Wonderland, Atlantis and Somewhere over the Rainbow. Johnson and Farage will reveal all before October 31 -- there is no chance at all of just blaming Johnny Foreigner for crash-out Brexit.

    • andrew30
      andrew30 3 months ago

      Gar Sm soooooo excited hope it’s Unicornland

    • Gar Sm
      Gar Sm 3 months ago

      @andrew30 Boris Johnson. Micky 'no deal minister' Gove and Nigel loadsamoney Farage will soon reveal how and where trade will expand.

    • andrew30
      andrew30 3 months ago

      Gar Sm where will our trade expand?

  • Johnathan Pearson
    Johnathan Pearson 3 months ago +13

    The BBC is doing it's best to seem sympathetic to leavers. The BBC is biased full of out and out remainers. They never moved any offices to Scunthorpe to give it a chance did they. BBC lies.

    • kerb searcher
      kerb searcher 3 months ago +1

      Erm? know he is anti abortion ,but i dont know where he fits in with scunthorpe?

    • Gar Sm
      Gar Sm 3 months ago

      Rees-Mogg hasn't opened a Fund in Scunthorpe - but he has in Dublin.

  • Clayton Wiffen
    Clayton Wiffen 3 months ago +14

    Globalism, and liberal values have broken working class communities and the family unit. Also, mass immigration has destroyed many traditional working class areas, my Labour voting friends and family fled East London years ago.

    • Clayton Wiffen
      Clayton Wiffen 3 months ago

      jonathan wakefield we should NEVER of stood back for so long and let it get into such a state in the FIRST place. /Both Labour and the Torys are Internationalists and pro mass immigration.

    • jonathan wakefield
      jonathan wakefield 3 months ago

      U do know Scunthorpes British Steel is being saved by a Turkish military pension company right... Where were the billionaire Brexit supporters to save this company, why didn't the Tories nationlise it... what happened to keeping things British???

    • Mr B
      Mr B 3 months ago

      Clayton Wiffen if you lose your job to an immigrant it’s yourself that needs blaming.
      Also coal, steel production hasn’t been a thing in the U.K. for decades.
      The U.K. will be coal free by 2030

    • Paul Gibbons
      Paul Gibbons 3 months ago +3

      Labour is all about Londoners and immigrants now. They don't represent you in any way. Don't be fooled.

      JAMES WHITELEY 3 months ago +1

      @aintnothingchanged I'm christened a Catholic, but pretty much an atheist. The problem is the working-class, or at least the traditional working-class, in this country are very patriotic and Corbyn has not acted particularly patriotic. He has shown sympathies for the IRA, he is undeniably a Marxist, or at least takes inspirations from Marx, and is a republican. Not to mention the fact that he still supports mass-immigration, tens of thousands of asylum seekers being given entry into this country and he would make the UK a nuclear free state. These are not sentiments shared by the ordinary people in this country. As somebody who is gay and hates being put into 'LGBT' category I feel I have equality and find many of the LGBT militants to be against diversity of opinion and free-speech.